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Sascha Kindred wins Rio 2016 gold with world record for ParalympicsGB

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ParalympicsGB swimmer Sascha Kindred set a world record to win the seventh Paralympic gold of his career at Rio 2016.

On a golden night for GB in which Ellie Simmonds and Susie Rodgers also topped the podium, 38-year old Kindred soared to victory in the SM6 200m Individual Medley.

It had been an emotional day for Kindred, having been disqualified in the heats for an illegal kick then reinstated after an appeal.

But the veteran, competing at his sixth and last Paralympic Games, showed all his experience to regain his composure in the final.

The Hereford swimmer touched in 2:38.47 to win gold, coming home exactly a second ahead of China’s Jia Hongguang in second.

“What a rollercoaster this has been,” said Kindred, who also won the SM6 200m IM Paralympic crown in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

“To swim like that, it’s just amazing. I don’t know what more you can ask for.

“I thought about retirement after London but I wasn’t happy with how I performed there and I knew I had more in me and I didn’t want that to be my last competitive swimming memory.

“The last four years have been just amazing and this is the perfect ending.”

Tai misses out on second medal on day five

Teenager Alice Tai continued to impress on her Paralympic debut with a seventh place finish in the 100m Butterfly.

The S10 classification swimmer was in contention in third place at the half way stage before losing momentum in the final 25m to finish in 1:11.92.

The 17-year-old from Bournemouth Collegiate School, who claimed 100m Backstroke bronze in Rio, will return to the pool in Tuesday’s 100m Freestyle.

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